There are many tourists that choose to go to Brazil but it isn’t just Rio de Janeiro or the Amazonian rainforest that they go to see, there are a number of other attractions in this huge country that are worth visiting. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, has the fifth largest population and is home to 1/10th of the planets rainforests. All of this and it also has a huge coastline to offer tourists and so it is perhaps little wonder that there is more to the country for visitors than just Rio and the Amazon.
Meaning black gold, Ouro Preto is one of Brazil’s colonial towns which have been best preserved and even today, modern buildings must adhere to some strict guide lines on historical standards. Founded at the end of the 17th century, this one perhaps the most important town during Brazil’s gold rush in the 18th century but when the gold ran out, its prosperity dwindled. The town remains though with its excellent examples of architecture from those gold rich days. Located in a rugged region, on the steep slopes of Vila Rica, in the Minas Gerais Province, this town offers the opportunity to see some magnificent, historical fountains, bridges and churches including the Church of São Francisco of Assisi. In 1980, this picturesque, historical town was named as a World Heritage Site which helps it to maintain its rich Portuguese colonial elegance.
First occupied by the Dutch in 1503 and then the French, the beautiful archipelago with pristine beaches of Fernando de Noronha 220 miles from Brazil’s north-east coast, finally came under Portuguese control in 1737. The archipelago is made up of 21 islands and its 3000 odd residents have now opened up their beautiful tropical islands to tourism, offering tourists not only the pristine beaches to enjoy but also the opportunity to snorkel and dive in warm clear waters that allow visibility up to 50 m deep. Considered to be one of Brazil’s hidden treasures, these islands which are far enough away from the coast to avoid the silt from the Amazon, have remained almost unchanged since they were first discovered and their beauty is helped to be maintained by a restriction of only 420 tourists to be on the islands at any one time.
Unlike a visit to Brazil’s rainforests, a visit to the Pantanal, will guarantee that you see a wide assortment of wildlife. The Pantanal which covers a lot of western Brazil as well as parts of Bolivia and Paraguay, are the world’s largest freshwater wetlands and can offer any visitor diverse numbers of wildlife to observe. Home to millions of Caiman and one of the largest Jaguar populations in the Americas, this portion of Brazil is rapidly becoming a favourite destination for tourists.
Today there are an increasing number of tourists that are opting to see what Brazil has to offer, other than the famous Rio de Janeiro and the Amazonian rainforests. Apart from the above, top things to see in brazil are visit the beaches of Salvador, the impressive Iguacu Falls and historic Center of Olinda.